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by AccountingWeb on Mar 11, 2005
A survey of more than 200 senior IT and finance executives by IDC Research and Deloitte Consulting LLP, Factoring Tax Savings into the IT Acquisition Process, reveals that less than 30 percent of respondents consult with their tax department during the technology purchase process. As a result, companies may be losing millions of dollars in potential savings, both immediate and long term, by ignoring U.S.
by AccountingWeb on Mar 07, 2005
The toughest task for many CEOs is not running their companies but determining when it is time to step down, according to a new report in Across the Board, The Conference Board's magazine.Says James Krohe Jr., author of the article: "For the miscreant CEO, the question of when to leave the job has an easy answer: 'Before they find out.' For the merely mediocre senior executive, the answer is different--'Before they push me out' -- but equally easy. But what about the CEO who is neither being shoved out the door nor sneaking out by the freight elevator?
by AccountingWeb on Mar 07, 2005
Networking is an important way to develop new business opportunities, yet for many professionals it's their least favorite marketing activity. These pointers can help you network better and get results. Listen, don't talk. Don't drink. This is business. Choose your opportunities. Hunt where the ducks are. Don't be generic. Rehearse a 30 second pat statement that reveals some details about who you are as a person, what you do for a living, and what your firm specializes in. Target only one person at each event and get to know them well.
by AccountingWeb on Mar 07, 2005
Barry LaValley - As you look at your business plan for the coming year, how are you going to build referral relationships in your community?
by AccountingWeb on Mar 01, 2005
The worth of Certified Credit Executives (CCEs) to employers has risen dramatically in the marketplace, according to a recent survey by independent newsletter publisher Credit Today, which recently completed its 2004-2005 Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey, and examined this issue in depth. "More than in any of our three prior surveys over the past seven years, this year's survey proves the worth of the CCE designation - both to designees and to their employers," said Credit Today Publisher Rob Lawson.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 28, 2005
Executive integrity is largely intact and on target, according to an online poll conducted in January by the Dallas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (Dallas/IABC).
by AccountingWeb on Feb 28, 2005
By Gale Crosley, CPA - For years, the Big Four have used business development professionals. Now, Sarbanes/Oxley and other environmental changes make it a wise best practice for mid-size firms, as well. Although smaller firms have greater potential to pursue larger, more sophisticated clients, they may lack the needed large opportunity development skills. But it’s more complex than simply hiring the right person. It’s a matter of properly integrating this business development professional into your environment, and educating partners about the potential impact of the decision.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 27, 2005
A new global alliance (as yet to be named) of accounting firms with annual fees of $15 million or more announces that Joseph Decosimo and Company, PLLC (Decosimo), a $28 million firm headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has joined seven other Top 100 firms in the new association. The organization provides an alternative way for larger, more sophisticated firms to leverage their resources, share best practices and offer clients access to international services.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 21, 2005
The new year is a great time to analyze your job satisfaction. As you make your new year’s resolutions, include career fulfillment as a top priority.There are ten sure signs that you are experiencing job dissatisfaction.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 21, 2005
Enron had a code of conduct. Enron had a hotline. And in the end, Enron had fraud. Today, companies operate with a false sense of security because they either don't have a fraud prevention program or the program they have is a legal, yet ineffective "fig leaf." "One key to fraud prevention is to create an atmosphere where employees feel confident in reporting wrongdoing without being victimized, even if executives appear to be involved," explains Toby Bishop, president & CEO of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the largest anti-fraud association in the world.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 17, 2005
Impending Baby Boomer retirements, a widening skills gap driven by declining educational standards, and outdated and ineffective approaches to talent management are combining forces to produce a "perfect storm" that threatens the global business economy, according to new research conducted by the Human Capital practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP ("Deloitte Consulting") and Deloitte Research, a part of Deloitte Services LP.In a recent U.S.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 08, 2005
Workplace romance can jeopardize your career, according to CareerJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's executive career site. The majority of human resource professionals and corporate executives agree that workplace romance is something they would avoid personally, yet their organizations typically don't have policies addressing it, reported a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and CareerJournal.com Workplace Romance survey.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 07, 2005
By Steve McIntyre-Smith, President, MarketingForAcountants.com - In days gone by professionals NEVER did any marketing. In fact, it wasn't even allowed in most countries until the mid 1980's, and even then, only in a very conservative and restricted manner.Once open for business one simply put a brass nameplate outside one's office, had a letterhead and business card printed, called a few Bank Managers and other contacts and the work started to flood in.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 03, 2005
Although the role of certified public accountants (CPAs) has been gradually evolving for two decades, a recent report by California-based Tiburon Strategic Advisors highlights how CPAs are making a major push into financial planning, as they quickly redefine themselves to meet market demand. By 2006, almost 40% of CPA firms plan to offer financial planning, up from 14% in 2002, the study says. Tax professionals cite two key reasons for incorporating financial planning into their existing business: an increase in income and personal satisfaction.
by AccountingWeb on Feb 01, 2005
General Electric ranks as the best company for developing executive talent, according to a new ranking on the topic by Executive Development Associates, a global executive development firm. The San Francisco-based firm conducted a survey of chief learning officers and human resources executives at companies around the globe in December 2004. The respondents each received a listing of more than 75 companies and voted for companies with exceptional executive development strategy, systems and programs. "GE received 67.7 percent of the votes.

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